Empowering the Deaf community

Published: 26 January 2020
Reporter: David Upton

Through three coming-of-age stories, Extraordinary Wall of Silence, a new devised show, traces the oppression and ignorance faced by the Deaf community to one pivotal point in history.

Performed by three Deaf actors and one hearing actor, Helen, Alan and Graham are told they are impaired and need fixing. As they begin to question the world around them, their stories unfold, uniting them in a struggle against violence, ignorance and oppression.

Connected through a shared past, they are transported to a crucial moment in 1880 that would impair the way the world viewed them for more than a century.

It’s at HOME in Manchester February 12–22.